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  • Hominy Grill

  • 3.5 stars
    (4 reviews, average rating: 4.0/5)
  • Cuisines: Bar & Grill
  • (843) 937-0930
  • 207 Rutledge Ave Charleston, SC 29403
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SavorHour
79 Reviews
2012/09/29
  • Deep-Fried Cheese Grits & Award-Winning Southern Cuisine!
  • Overall
    4.0 stars
    • Food
      4.0 stars
    • Services
      4.0 stars
    • Atmosphere
      4.0 stars
    • Price Range (per person): $11-$25
    • Visit Again?: Yes
    • Party Size: 2
  • Along Rutledge Avenue in Charleston, South Carolina there is a popular eatery called Hominy Grill that caters to those who have a love for incredible southern cuisine. What is hominy, you may be asking? Some say it's the same thing as grits, but the true definition is "a food made from kernels of corn which are soaked in an alkali solution of either lime or lye. The corrosive nature of the solution removes the hull and germ of the corn and causes the grain itself to puff up to about twice its normal size." If hominy is ground coarsely, you've created grits. With that said, my husband and I ventured to the quaint part of the city where the restaurant is situated to do some research of our own.

    Having realized the national acclaim this establishment has attracted and taking note of the fact that owner and Chef, Robert Stehling, received the James Beard Award for Best Southern Chef in 2008, my husband and I were both curious. Additionally, the restaurant has been featured in magazines such as Gourmet, Food + Wine, Esquire and also has been mentioned in the New York Times on numerous occasions. Time for research. And something to eat since we were getting a bit famished after a very late night and early morning of business meetings in the area.

    Hominy Grill packs patrons in, and by this, we realized something must be amazing here as we found ourselves waiting nearly an hour just to get a booth for the two of us. First good sign...lots of customers! We didn't mind the delayed calming of our hunger because that gave us a chance to observe everything and listen to comments of other diners as they left the restaurant. Nothing terrible was brought to our attention by anyone leaving. A single woman was mentioning something about her biscuits being cold when they were served, but that she appreciated how quickly the server replaced them. We were excited to finally approach the head of the line and were ready to be seated next...

    A nice starting touch was the container of boiled peanuts delivered by a friendly staff member. Despite the calorie and fat content in these large boiled tidbits, I am personally a lover of boiled peanuts! I couldn't believe how big they were in fact. A pleasant way to start our meal...

    We ordered a refreshing sweet Mimosa and a glass of chilled Chardonnay to start while we perused the menus placed in front of us. The Mimosa was served in a tall glass complimented with an orange wedge garnish, while the Chardonnay was cold and perfect on a warm day.

    We wanted to do thorough research, so we each ordered two different entrees to try. We do this sometimes, and just take the leftovers (which there always are with four entrees and only two people) home with us for a late-night snack or breakfast the next morning if we're not researching a breakfast spot the next day. We often get some strange looks from nearby patrons that seem to be wondering if we're really going to eat all the food placed before us. It's a funny thing, and my husband an I really get a kick our of that.

    Above, one of the daily specials presented by our waitress...the Marinated Skirt Steak topped with fresh arugula and a side of cheese grits that I had the option of adding sounded healthy and packed with lean protein, yet still combined a bit of cheese grit naughtiness. I elected that combination an we were not disappointed by the tenderness of the steak, the freshness of the fresh arugula piled on top with a succulent savory dressing and the side of hot cheesiness of the grits that was simply cooked to perfection.

    To balance out the restrained ordering of the lean steak and arugula above, I also chose the Sesame Crusted Catfish. But wait...that just got better with the sauteed okra, and get this...DEEP-FRIED CHEESE GRITS, and unique-all-to-its-own Geechee peanut sauce (a creole peanut sauce), which tied every fascinating flavor of this dish together into some kind of southern cuisine heaven. Enlightenment was an understatement

  • Order: Sesame Crusted Farm-Raised Catfish,Chocolate Pudding,Fried catfish Sandwich,Mimosas,Chardonnay,etc...
 
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Foodie_101
2 Reviews
2009/03/09
  • My husband and I visited the Hominy Grill in...
  • Overall
    3.0 stars
    • Food
      2.0 stars
    • Services
      3.0 stars
    • Atmosphere
      3.0 stars
    • Price Range (per person): $0-$10
    • Visit Again?: No
    • Party Size: 2
  • My husband and I visited the Hominy Grill in February because we had seen it as a Charleston landmark featured on the Anthony Bourdain SC show. So we thought we'd try it. We sat out on the patio which was very nice and pleasant considering it was February. Our server was very nice. I ordered their famous shrimp and grits. Although it was good and favorful, I did not feel it was worth the $13.95 price. My husband had the special which was strawberry pancakes at $7.95. There were only three pancakes on the plate! Definitely over priced. We love visiting Charleston but would not recommend coming here.

  • Order: Breakfast
 
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Rigbynkitty
2008/09/15
  • Great for breakfast, lunch, or dinner!
  • Overall
    4.0 stars
    • Food
      4.0 stars
    • Services
      4.0 stars
    • Atmosphere
      4.0 stars
    • Price Range (per person): $26-$60
    • Visit Again?: Yes
    • Party Size: 2
  • I eat at Hominy for lunch at least once a week. I love the pimento cheese sandwich. If you are looking for a twist on an old favorite I would highly recommend it! The twist is, it has bourbon in it! The always great, hand cut, fresh, and piled high. I love the boiled peanuts they bring to the table. Unfortunately the boiled peanuts are some consistent, sometimes you get them sometimes you don't but either way they are usually good and just enough to try if you are a little bit timid. The corn bread is also good. I usually eat sweet corn bread but this is a little more spicy with a little more air to it. The sweet tea is always sweet, the way it should be. The food is good but I do not think the chef, Robert Stehling, deserved to win the James Beard Award. If you are looking for innovative southern local cuisine try FIG, also in Charleston.
    The restaurant itself has a nice ambience but there is only one bathroom and it can get crowded, especially when they start separating the tables into two tops. It is much better in the evening when it is not so crowded and they break out the white table cloths.

  • Order: Pimento Cheese Sandwich
 
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Anon
1 Review
2008/09/13
  • Nice Southern Style Breakfast Restaurant
  • Overall
    5.0 stars
    • Food
      4.0 stars
    • Services
      5.0 stars
    • Atmosphere
      5.0 stars
    • Price Range (per person): $0-$10
    • Visit Again?: Yes
    • Party Size: 2
  • One day while visiting Charleston, we wanted to have brunch. Hominy grill was nearby where we stayed and looked like a very homely neighborhood restaurant. The experience was not disappointing at all. Their food was good and service was excellent. We could choose to dine inside or outside in a little garden. We chose outside. My wife ordered biscuit with gravy and I had a breakfast platter with grits, egg, and bacon. The food was good except the biscuit was not fluffy enough to satisfy my wife's taste. That's why I gave 9 to their food but honestly they deserve 10. I'd recommend this restaurant to anyone visiting Charleston.

  • Order: Breakfast platter
 
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